It is mentioned in one source that one day the famous wali of the Maghrib, Shaykh al-‘Arabi al-Darqawi, was teaching while standing, overcome by a spiritual state. He pointed to the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris and said,
“Behold a Wali unlike other awliya, a Ghawth unlike other aghwath, a Qutb unlike other aqtab.”
Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris took off his gown threw it over him.
– From a biography appended to the litany Kanz al-Sa’ada, quoted in Trimingham, Sufi Orders.
One of the closest students of Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris saw the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in a vision. He asked him about the state of his shaykh, Ahmad ibn Idris, with Allah and with him (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).
He (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “My son Ahmad ibn Idris is a Ghawth unlike other aghwath, a Fard unlike other Afrad, a Jaras unlike other Ajras. Above them all and supplies them all.”
– Written down by Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris’ student Ibrahim al-Rashid in his book Iqd al-Durar.